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Arabic using iText

Vassili Vladimir
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Joined: Mar 08, 2007
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I want to add some arabic text in my PDF files using iText. How can I do that?

Thanks in advance,

Vassili ...
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Lester Burnham

Joined: Oct 14, 2008
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The iText API is based on Java String objects - which represent Unicode characters, so you cann add any text that can be represented in Unicode.
A difficulty may be if the machine where the file is viewed does not have a font with Arabic characters. Unless you can safely assume that it has, it may be better to include a suitable font in the PDF.
Vassili Vladimir
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Thanks for your reply, but can you please post an example?
Rob Spoor

Joined: Oct 27, 2005
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I suggest you get the book "iText in Action". It has a complete section (or possibly even chapter) on I18N, including hints for Arabic.

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It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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